Monday, September 30, 2013

Badfinger's "Baby Blue" Gets Second Life Thanks To Breaking Bad

Badfinger's "Baby Blue" is suddenly red hot.

The song, which closed the finale of AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" last night (September 29), has suddenly risen into the Top 25 on iTunes' top songs list and is poised for a return to the Billboard charts this week.

Industry sources suggest the song is set for a nearly 3,000% sales gain in the week ending September 29 and sold nearly 5,000 downloads just last night.. Remarkably, that one-day figure should immediately make the 1972 song earn its largest digital sales week ever. It has never sold more than 1,000 downloads in a single week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The tune was originally a Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hit for the rock band, reaching No. 14 on the chart dated April 29, 1972. It was one of six chart hits for the act. The tune was lifted from the British group's album Straight Up, which was produced by Todd Rundgren and George Harrison. It was released on the Beatles' record label, Apple.

Official sales figures for "Baby Blue" (for the week ending September 29), will be released by SoundScan on Wednesday, October 2. The song could return to the Billboard charts as well, most likely with a placing on the Rock Digital Songs chart.

The song is also reacting strongly with streaming services. According to Spotify, global streams of Badfinger's "Baby Blue" were up 9,000% in the 11 hours after the finale, as compared to the previous 11 hours.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Springsteen & I Documentary To Be Released On October 29

Eagle Rock Entertainment, Black Dog Films and Mr. Wolf have announced the release of a new documentary called Springsteen & I, to be released on October 29 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. and
Fully endorsed and supported by Bruce Springsteen, Springsteen & I is a unique feature music documentary celebrating a rock ‘n’ roll icon.

The film has already enjoyed a very successful theatrical release grossing over $2.5 million in cinemas in 50 countries since July 2013.  Working with the filmmakers, Springsteen’s fans have helped create a film that reflects on their personal experiences to explore what this timeless artist means to them amidst amazing performance footage.

The experiences that form the emotional core of this compelling film are touching, at times humorous and frequently extraordinary insights and stories that all come from the heart. Springsteen & I is a film by the fans and for the fans, created with the full support of Bruce Springsteen, which tracks his career to date.

Ridley Scott, Executive Producer, commented, “This beautifully crafted film provides a unique insight into the powerful bond between a recording artist and those who connect so profoundly with his music.”

USA Today highlighted the “plethora of unseen material even the diehards haven't laid eyes on yet” which includes footage of unseen Springsteen performances of classics such as “Dancing In The Dark,” “Born In The USA,” “I’m On Fire,” “Born To Run,” “The River,” “Thunder Road,” “Spirits In The Night,” and many more.  As Bonus Features we also include six tracks from Bruce Springsteen’s 2012 Hyde Park performance: “Thunder Road”; “Because The Night”; “Shackled & Drawn” and “We Are Alive”, and “Twist and Shout” and “I Saw Her Standing There” accompanied by Paul McCartney sharing vocals. There is also additional fan contributions not included in the film.

Springsteen & I is a celebratory experience that wears its heart on its sleeve. The NME said the film perfectly captured “the stomach-flipping feeling you get when Springsteen straps on a guitar”. Director Judd Apatow called the film “a great music doc.  Really moving, it rocked.  There is nobody like Springsteen.”

Check out the trailer at http://youtu.be/2ljBwgv2ROM.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Guitarist Steve Hackett Says Genesis Reunion 'Possible But Improbable'

Steve Hackett calls another Genesis reunion "possible but improbable." But the group's guitarist from 1970-77 remains open to any potential opportunity.

"I'm always up for it -- I've always said that publicly," Hackett, who's currently touring North America with his Genesis Revisited tour, says. "Every now and again there's an approach and then I find myself saying yes and finding it doesn't really go anywhere. I've jammed with (the Canadian Genesis tribute band) the Musical Box when they were doing the (Royal) Albert Hall in London, so why wouldn't I join up with the original guys? I think it would be wonderful, extraordinary, but you've got to get everyone to say yes, it seems to me -- or at least two guys to say 'yes' and hope that everyone else will follow."

Hackett did some new recording for the Genesis Archive 1967-75 box set and the Turn It On Again: The Hits Compilation, and he was on board for a mid-00s The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway tour that never transpired. Nevertheless, he says, relations between the Genesis members remain fine.

"We do see each other from time to time, and inevitably I'm always bumping into the guys with just the amount of ceremonies alone we get invited to," says Hackett, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of Genesis in 2010. "That sort of thing happens to you, doesn't it -- the longer you stay in the business, if you're still committed to it and people are listening to you. I think I'm very lucky to have had the indulgence of listeners and fans and had very good fortune and health to continue making noise for a living. I love doing it."

Hackett has released two Genesis Revisited albums, in 1996 and 2012, and he'll release a Genesis Revisited: Live at Hammersmith CD/DVD set on Oct. 29 from a concert that won the Progressive Music Award for Event of the Year. Hackett is playing the Genesis Revisited show through Oct. 13 in North America before starting a U.K. run on Oct. 22.

"There's something about it that's a pure crowd-pleaser, but it also pleases me as well," Hackett says. "The songs have been very good to me. They've been constant companions, and I really do love them and I'm very, very proud of them and it feels wonderful to be able to play a few notes of something and instantly it's recognized. So I'm very fond of this music, not just for the nostalgia aspect. I feel like back in those days we had ideas way beyond our capabilities, myself and the band. I'm a different person now. My fingers do different things. The intention may be the same, but the ability to pull it off is miles better now."

Hackett is also working on a new album of original material and is booked on April's Yes-sponsored Cruise To the Edge departing out of Miami. He's also likely to do more with Squackett, his project with Yes bassist Chris Squire that released an album, A Life Within a Day, in 2012, but the guitarist notes that's easier said then done.

"We haven't seen each other in quite a bit; the last time I think I saw him was on the cruise earlier this year," Hackett says. "It would be nice if we could do something live on stage together. One of the Squackett numbers would be nice, so I'll be trying to talk my band into that -- or if not that then maybe get to jam on 'Bye Bye Johnny' or 'All Along the Watchtower' or something. Anything's possible. I enjoyed doing that album with Chris; it would be nice to do another one, but what with his commitments to Yes and my commitments to doing the Genesis stuff, it made it very difficult to be in the same place at the same time. I'm hoping it will come home ot roost at some point."

Monday, September 23, 2013

Todd Rundgren To Receive Les Paul Award At Annual TEC Awards

Legendary musician, groundbreaking record producer and electronic music revolutionary Todd Rundgren will be honored with the prestigious Les Paul Award at the 29th Annual Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in professional audio technology and production and will be presented Friday, January 24 at the Anaheim Hilton during the 2014 NAMM Show held in Anaheim, CA.

The Les Paul Award, named for the revolutionary inventor and esteemed musician, is presented annually to honor individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Russ Paul, son of Les Paul, will make the presentation on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation, sponsor of the award. Instituted in 1991, the honor has been granted to such luminaries as Pete Townshend, Paul McCartney, Brian Wilson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Peter Gabriel.

A personification of creative musical experimentation and mastery, Rundgren often performed multiple tasks on his solo albums - writing, playing, singing, engineering, producing and distributing - and has been a pioneer of interactive and online distribution. Between his solo work and his creative output with his progressive band, Utopia, Rundgren has released more than 25 critically acclaimed albums.

The TEC Foundation for Excellence in Audio will also induct two new members to its Hall of Fame. Audio engineer and sound researcher John Meyer co-founded and is CEO of Berkeley’s Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. He will be recognized for bringing groundbreaking developments to the design and manufacture of the loudspeaker and for his cutting-edge contributions to sound reinforcement in the performing arts. Legendary session musician Hal Blaine of the Wrecking Crew played drums on more than 5,000 records, TV jingles and film scores. Career highlights include hits for Elvis Presley, the Beach Boys and dozens more.

The TEC Awards ceremony is expected to attract more than 1,000 global manufacturers of audio equipment and software, as well as top music producers, engineers, sound mixers and musical artists. The awards ceremony is now produced as part of the NAMM Foundation. It will be held on the second night of The NAMM Show, one of the world’s largest global music industry trade shows. As it approaches its third decade, the TEC Awards under the auspices of NAMM continues to grow both technically and artistically and has become established as one of the entertainment industry's most important annual events.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Blodwyn Pig Compilation Of Rare Unreleased Recordings 'Pigtholgy' Now Available!


London, UK – British blues-rock legends Blodwyn Pig, featuring original Jethro Tull guitarist Mick Abrahams, have released a new compilation of rare unreleased recordings titled Pigthology on Gonzo MultiMedia UK. Along with Abrahams (vocals, guitars), the band featured Jack Lancaster (saxes, flutes, violin, keys and wind controllers), Andy Pyle (bass), and Ron Berg (drums) and was later joined by Jethro Tull's Clive Bunker on drums. Produced by Mick Abrahams and Jack Lancaster, 'Pigtholgy' features re-mastered recordings of Blodwyn Pig's most beloved and successful songs “Dear Jill”, “See My Way” and “Drive Me”, along with unreleased live and studio material.

Blodwyn Pig in its first form was a legend in rock history hitting the top of the LP charts in Britain and elsewhere around the world. The band received new recognition and inspiration when the track “Dear Jill” was used in Cameron Crow's movie 'Almost Famous'. Many bands credit Blodwyn Pig with being a huge influence at the start of their careers, including rock legends Aerosmith. There are several fan sites across the internet which still attest to the group's popularity. Through the years several bands have recorded covers of Blodwyn tunes, the most noted being Joey Ramone's version of “See My Way”.

Blodwyn Pig played alongside Led Zeppelin, The Who, Procul Harem, BB King, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd and Joe Cocker at the Isle Of Wight rock festivals, and the Reading rock festival. The “Pig” completed two successful American tours, playing venues like the Filmores, numerous universities and the LA Forum. Most of the recordings on this set are from this period.

A few notes from Jack Lancaster: “On 'Baby Girl' Mick played piano as an overdub, otherwise the track was played live in the studio. 'Cosmogrification', this was a reformed Blodwyn with Clive Bunker on drums. We only did a short tour. Clive joined because of Rin Berg's illness. I play piano on 'Monkinit' – I mention this because normally we never used keyboard on tracks.”

Tracks include:
See My Way – recorded at Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown)
Baby Girl – recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios, John Peel show (1970)
Dear Jill – recorded at Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown)
Monkinit (A tribute to Thelonious Monk) – recorded at Verdant studios Hollywood, CA (date unknown)
Drive Me – recording location unknown (1970)
The Change Song – live at the Marquee Club Soho (1969)
Cosmogrification – live at Luton Town Hall (1973)
Same Old Story – recorded at BBC Maida Vale studios, John Peel show (1970)
Hound Dog – recorded at Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown)
Sly Bones – recorded at Mick Abrahams studio, Verdant studios Hollywood, CA (date unknown)
It's Only Love – outtake, Morgan studios (1969)
Stormy Monday – Mick Abrahams studio (date unknown)

To purchase: http://www.gonzomultimedia.co.uk/product_details/15559/Blodwyn_Pig-Pigthology.html

For more information: http://www.squirrelmusic.com/

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Roger Waters Plans New Album, Says He Was “Wrong” To Sue Pink Floyd

Roger Waters has opened up about the past, present, and future in a new interview with BBC HARDtalk. As he draws near the end of his three-year long Wall tour, Waters said his next venture will come in the form of a new record. He explained, “You know I’ve had a few breakthroughs recently which I won’t talk about, but I am going to make another record. I’ve had a very very strong idea, and I shall pursue it, and I will make at least one more record and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into it.” Water’s last proper solo album was 1992′s Amused to Death, though he released the three-act opera Ça Ira in 2005.

But perhaps the most noteworthy part of Waters’ interview stemmed from comments regarding his departure from Pink Floyd in 1985, and the subsequent legal dispute between he and his former bandmates. Specifically, Waters said he was “wrong” in his attempts to stop David Glmour, Nick Mason, and Richard Wright from continuing on under the Pink Floyd banner.

Waters said:

“I did, I did think that was wrong, and I was wrong!… Of course I was. Who cares? It was a commercial decision and in fact it’s one of the few times that the legal profession has taught me something. Because when I went to these chaps and said ‘listen we’re broke, this isn’t Pink Floyd anymore’, they went ‘what do you mean? That’s irrelevant, it is a label and it has commercial value, you can’t say it’s going to cease to exist, you obviously haven’t looked back to Runnymede, you obviously don’t understand English jurisprudence…It’s not about what you think, it’s about…it’s what it is’….The law is everything what we have, that’s what the Wall is about.”

At the time of his departure, Waters considered Pink Floyd “a spent force,” and was displeased over the continued use of the band’s name. He filed several injunctions against Gilmour and Mason to no avail, even threatening to sue concert promoters who advertised the band as Pink Floyd. Ultimately, he and Gilmour settled, with Waters agreeing to relinquish the name Pink Floyd in exchange for trademark over The Wall and his famed inflatable pig.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The Moody Blues Announce Final Line-up For Their Second Fan Cruise

The Moody Blues have announced the final line-up for their second fan cruise experience, The Moody Blues Cruise II, which departs from Miami, Florida on April 2, 2014 for five days and nights, visiting tropical ports including Grand Turk Island, Turks & Caicos and Nassau, Bahamas on the spectacular cruise ship, MSC Divina.

This year’s cruise theme is Return To The Isle of Wight, based on 1970 Isle of Wight Festival, considered to be one of the greatest rock festivals in history and which featured an unforgettable set by The Moody Blues. The band is very pleased to announce that they will be reunited on the same bill -- for first time since Isle of Wight -- with lead singer, rock icon and friend Roger Daltrey of the Who.

Daltrey will be performing select material of the Who plus some of his own favorites. With him will be his touring band -- featuring Frank Simes (guitar), Scott Devours (drums), Jamie Hunting (bass), Loren Gold (keyboard) and Simon Townshend (guitar) -- in this rare North American appearance.

The Moody Blues have also announced the addition of Isle of Wight Festival alums Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Lighthouse and Shawn Phillips, in addition to several notable artists from the 60s, 70s and 80s including The Zombies, The Orchestra starring ELO, Starship and Little River Band.

Other classic rock performers confirmed include: Strawbs, Joe Williams of Toto, Glass Hammer, Sound of Contact featuring Simon Collins, Jimi Hendrix Tribute featuring Randy Hansen, Eagles Tribute featuring Danny Vaughn, The Prog Rock Orchestra, Heavy Mellow and Mellow Yellow, who will treat fans to special performances at multiple venues aboard the MSC Divina.

Fans will have access to private concerts, Q&A sessions, Karaoke Bar, special events and activities, while interacting with musical guests that influenced the music of the 70s and beyond.  This is not just a “concert cruise.” It is a fan experience celebrating the years of incredible music since The Moody Blues’ legendary set at Isle of Wight Festival. Moody Blues Cruise II provides a playground for the serious fan where music and luxury cruising hook up for a vacation of a lifetime. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis and will only be available at www.MoodiesCruise.com.

For more information, check out the following links:
http://moodiescruise.com
www.facebook.com/moodiescruise
https://twitter.com/moodiescruise

Monday, September 16, 2013

Carlos Santana Uninjured In Las Vegas Car Crash

Police say Carlos Santana drove into an unoccupied parked car near an upscale area of Las Vegas, but escaped injury.

The Grammy-winning superstar was headed home alone when the accident occurred Friday night in Summerlin.

Police Lt. Ken Romane told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that it's uncertain whether a sobriety field test was conducted, but Santana was not driving under the influence.

Romane did not know the make of Santana's vehicle or the extent of damage to it and the parked car. Romane said the accident was "minor."

According to his concert schedule, the 66-year-old Santana performed on Thursday and Saturday nights but not on Friday night.

Santana has won 15 Grammys and is best known for the album Supernatural, which has sold more than 25 million copies.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Christine McVie To Reunite With Fleetwood Mac On European Tour


From Rolling Stone

Ever since Christine McVie quit Fleetwood Mac in 1998, fans have pined for a full-fledged reunion of the band's classic lineup. Now it's finally happening – well, sort of.

As the BBC reports, McVie has agreed to rejoin her bandmates for two shows during the band's upcoming European tour. Singer Stevie Nicks broke the news during an interview with BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour.

"She is going to come and do a song on the second two shows," Nicks said. "I think it will probably be 'Don't Stop.' I don't know, but she's coming to Ireland to rehearse with us." The BBC was unable to confirm specific details with band representatives.

This news is quite surprising: Last year, during an interview with Rolling Stone, Nicks shared a pessimistic outlook on a potential reunion.

"I would say there's no more a chance of that happening than an asteroid hitting the earth," she said. "She is done. You know when you look in somebody's face and you can just tell? She doesn't want to do it anymore. She doesn't want to fly. She doesn't want to come back to America. When she left, she left. She sold her house, her piano, her car. She went to England and she has never been back since 1998, so it's not really feasible, as much as we would all like to think that she'll just change her mind one day. I don't think it'll happen. We love her, so we had to let her go."

During her Woman's Hour interview, Nicks also reflected on the bond she and McVie shared as bandmates.

"Both of us in a man's world, from the very beginning, we made a pact that we would be a force of nature together. And we were," she says, noting that she "felt powerless" when McVie quit the band. "We had a lot of power when there were two of us. That wasn't really so noticeable to us because we just had it until she left."

Fleetwood Mac's European tour kicks off September 20th in Dublin, Ireland. Their latest EP, Extended Play, was released in May.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson Denies Manufacturing Drones For US Military

Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson has denied receiving a $500 million (£316 million) contract from the US military to manufacture drones. The claim had been made on the blog Dorset Eye in a post titled: 'Bruce Dickinson: Rock'n'Roll Warmonger', which took as its source an announcement on a South African conference speakers' website.

In a written statement, a spokesperson for the band described the article as "spurious" and said: "This is a totally inaccurate and malicious piece of writing that seems to have stemmed from an unfortunate mistake in terminology on a South African website that the writer of said blog has since used as a starting point and catalyst to go off on a flight of sheer fantasy."

They clarified: "Both Bruce Dickinson and Iron Maiden's manager Rod Smallwood were early investors in, and remain great supporters of, Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV), a company that has nothing whatsoever to do with drones, 'lighter than air' or otherwise!"

The company’s website outlines potential uses of the air vehicles.

The spokesperson said: "The future implementation of HAVs is a likely global trend which has massive positive implications in many areas of life and both Bruce and Rod are proud to be involved with a British company at the cutting edge of this technology."

The statement continues: "As with many far-sighted technological advances, early adopters and financial supporters tend to be military-based as they have the resources to invest and develop, be that everything from space-travel to medicine. Possible military use of HAVs in future could be for heavy-lifting, transportation or high altitude detection of IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices), or similar, thus saving lives, both military and civilian."

It concludes: "Rather than being involved in attacks in the Third World, as this writer has claimed in such an erroneously dramatic and defamatory manner, HAVs are designed to offer much needed assistance to civilians, businesses and governments that would be unavailable otherwise, due to the unique nature of these incredible vehicles."

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New Elton John Music Coming 9/24

Capitol Records is releasing Elton John’s The Diving Board, the artist’s first solo studio album in seven years, on Tuesday, September 24.  Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album features 12 new songs written by Elton and his longtime lyricist Bernie Taupin, as well as three piano interludes composed by the artist.

Beginning today, fans who pre-order The Diving Board on iTunes (http://smarturl.it/TheDivingBoard) and EltonJohn.com, will receive an instant download of the album’s premiere single, “Home Again.”

The album is also available for pre-order beginning today on Amazon.com (http://smarturl.it/TDBamzn). A video trailer for The Diving Board featuring “Home Again” can be viewed at http://smarturl.it/TDBtrailer.

The Diving Board, available in a variety of formats,  returns Elton John to the piano, bass and drums lineup that marked the artist’s introduction to worldwide audiences more than 40 years ago.

John explains, “In many ways, I feel like I’m starting again, making records.  Several years ago when beginning to work with T Bone and being in the studio with Leon Russell for The Union, I had to ask myself, ‘What kind of music do I really want to make?’, and I realized that I had to go back to go forward again.   I needed to strip away the excesses and get back to the core of what I do as an artist.  That’s what The Diving Board represents.   I’m incredibly excited about every aspect of this album:  The performances, T Bone’s production, Bernie’s lyrics and the songs we’ve created.  The Diving Board is the album I’ve been waiting to make for decades.”

According to T Bone Burnett, The Diving Board also evokes memories of the producer’s first exposure to Elton John as a live performer. “I saw Elton at the Troubadour in 1970, in a legendary week of shows. Those shows never left me.  A three piece band - piano, bass, and drums, like one enormous instrument - just killing it.  So we started from there. I wanted to be able to superimpose this recording over my memory of the sound and the wild intelligence of those shows. From that perspective, forty years down the road, The Diving Board is an album of music by a master at the peak of his artistic powers.”

Want to hear Elton John's new music now? The new track, “Oceans Away” can be found on Vevo and The Diving Board can be heard in its entirety at Amazon.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Blondie Chaplin To Join Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck Tour

Acclaimed singer and guitarist Blondie Chaplin will reunite with Brian Wilson after nearly four decades, since Chaplin’s collaboration as a member of the Beach Boys during the early 70s. Chaplin will join the Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck concert tour on select dates including the Greek Theatre show in Los Angeles on October 20, performing on songs that include his signature tune “Sail On Sailor,” from 1973's Holland, as well as other songs during his tenure with the band.

Chaplin’s long and storied musical career began as a member of the South African rock group the Flame in the late 60s - early 70s. The Flame would go on to become the first and only music act signed to Brother Records, besides the Beach Boys themselves. Chaplin eventually became a full
fledged member of the Beach Boys and recorded and performed with the band during the ‘71 - ‘72 sessions for Carl and The Passions “So Tough” and the ’73 album Holland
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Chaplin’s tenure with the band culminated with his live performances being documented during that period for the double album The Beach Boys In Concert. Following his departure from the group he would go on to perform with the Band and more recently, the Rolling Stones, as well as recording several solo albums.

“Blondie was one of my favorite singers in the 70s. He blew my mind with ‘Sail on Sailor’ and he also sang on a song called ‘Funky Pretty,’ on the Beach Boys’ Holland album,” says Wilson. “Until two weeks ago, I hadn’t seen him since 1974. It was great to see him again. He came into the studio and sang on one of my new tracks called ‘He Come Down’ – and he sang it great. I’m stoked that he’ll be performing at a few of our shows.”

“It’s a pleasure to sing ‘Sail on Sailor’ once again with Brian,” Chaplin adds.

Previously, Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck announced the addition of several new shows to their concert tour kicking off September 27 in Hollywood, FL. Throughout late September and October, the tour will also take the two legends’ historical musical collaboration through 20+ North American cities including Toronto, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston and Atlanta.

Wilson’s former band mates Al Jardine and David Marks will also be joining Wilson and Beck on all
dates.

Fans can expect a unique experience when they witness these two legends taking the stage together.
Brian Wilson, Jeff Beck, Al Jardine and David Marks will open the show together with both of their respective bands performing a string of hits. From "Little Deuce Coupe" to "Custom Machine," the show will then focus on eclectic selections from Wilsons’ vast repertoire, covering 50 years of classics along with music from his rich solo catalog.

Beck will open the second half of the show backed by a four-piece rhythm section to perform selections from his solo career. Wilson, Jardine and Marks will also add their distinctive harmonies to some of Beck's classic. All four will once again join together on stage for a massive finale that will bring together both bands again to run through their favorite songs from their youth and for the first time ever, some classic Yardbirds material.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Jimi Hendrix Documentary, Miami Pop Festival CD Coming November 5th

On November 5, Experience Hendrix LLC and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, are releasing the expanded home video edition of the American Masters documentary Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin', combined with a host of never-before-released special performance features on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

Also coming November 5, Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival, the first-ever release of one of the guitar virtuoso's most sought-after performances, as originally recorded on site by Hendrix's long term sound engineer, Eddie Kramer. Never available in any form, Miami Pop Festival is being released as a single CD and a limited edition numbered double 12" audiophile vinyl set (all analog cut by Bernie Grundman, pressed at QRP on 200 gram vinyl).

Recently uncovered film footage of Hendrix at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival is among the previously unseen treasures featured in Jimi Hendrix - Hear My Train A Comin', premiering nationwide Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 9-11 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings or pbs.org/americanmasters).

Hear My Train A Comin' unveils previously unseen performance footage and home movies taken by Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell while sourcing an extensive archive of photographs, drawings, family letters and more to provide new insight into the musician's personality and genius.

Presented as part of a year-long celebration around his 70th birthday year — the guitarist was born November 27, 1942 — the two-hour Hear My Train A Comin' tells the definitive story, illustrated by interviews with Hendrix and illuminated with commentary from family, well-known friends and musicians including Paul McCartney, Noel Redding, Mitch Mitchell, Billy Cox, Eddie Kramer, Steve Winwood, Vernon Reid, Billy Gibbons, Dweezil Zappa and Dave Mason as well as revealing glimpses into Jimi and his era from the three women closest to him Linda Keith (the girlfriend who introduced Jimi to future manager Chas Chandler), Faye Pridgon (who befriended Hendrix in Harlem in the early 1960s) and Colette Mimram (one of the era's most influential fashion trendsetters who provided inspiration for Hendrix's signature look and created such memorable stage costumes as the beaded jacket Hendrix famously wore at Woodstock). 

The film details the meteoric rise of the Experience, the creation of his groundbreaking music, the building of Electric Lady Studios, his state-of-the-art recording facility in Greenwich Village, and concludes with poignant footage from his final performance in Germany in September 1970, just 12 days before his death at age 27.

Jimi Hendrix Experience: Miami Pop Festival introduces the first recorded stage performances of "Hear My Train A Comin'" and "Tax Free" while showcasing definitive live takes on such classics as "Fire," "Hey Joe," "I Don't Live Today" and "Purple Haze."  The package includes never before published photos taken at the festival and an essay by award-winning music journalist and Grammy Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli. 

The first ever major rock festival staged on the East Coast,  the May 1968 Miami Pop Festival was the first event promoted by Michael Lang — who would organize Woodstock, the biggest pop culture event of the decade, fifteen months later — and Ric O'Barry, who had been the dolphin trainer for the popular television program Flipper.  Lang and O'Barry had been inspired by the June 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, the groundbreaking gathering where Jimi Hendrix, making his US debut, famously set fire to his guitar at the conclusion of his performance. Lang staged the festival at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida, securing the Jimi Hendrix Experience as the headline act for the two-day festival.

jimihendrix.com

Friday, September 6, 2013

Jon Anderson To Guest Star In Raiding The Rock Vault

Jon Anderson, founding member and former lead vocalist of progressive rock band Yes, will guest star in Raiding The Rock Vault, the Ultimate Classic Rock Concert Experience, September 20 – 24.

Anderson, the co-writer and singer of cosmic classics, including “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” “Roundabout,” “Going for the One,” and “Close to the Edge,” will sing in the show for five special performances.

“Jon Anderson is an icon,” said Raiding The Rock Vault creator, director and producer John Payne. “He is one of the biggest names in the history of progressive rock and I’m really excited for him to lend his voice to the show.”

The story of classic rock comes to life in Raiding The Rock Vault, which takes audiences on a magical musical journey, traversing the genre’s history from the ‘60s through the ‘80s. The hard-rocking show features classic anthems from the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Doors, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, the Eagles, Queen, Van Halen, AC/DC, Journey, Free, Bryan Adams, Supertramp, Toto, Deep Purple, and more, truly boasting "The Greatest Set List Ever."

The show’s all-star lineup includes Howard Leese [Guitar] (Heart), Tracii Guns [Guitar] (LA Guns, Guns n’ Roses), Robin McAuley [Lead Vocals] (MSG, Survivor), John Payne [Lead Vocals and Bass] (Asia), Paul Shortino [Lead Vocals] (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Jay Schellen [Drums] (Badfinger, Asia), Andrew Freeman [Lead Vocals and Guitars] (Lynch Mob, The Offspring), and Michael T. Ross [Keyboards] (Lita Ford, Hardline).

Ticket prices for Raiding The Rock Vault range from $49 to $125 (plus fees) for a special Rock Star Package (which includes tickets in first five rows, t-shirt, concert program, album, meet-and-greet and VIP pass).

Special discount tickets for $39 are available for locals. For an up-to-date schedule or to purchase tickets, visit the LVH box office or log onto thelvh.com, vegas.com, or ticketmaster.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 702-732-5755 or 1-800-222-5361.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Chrysalis Live Releases From UFO, Robin Trower & Ten Years After Set For Rocktober

Chrysalis will open its vaults in October for a trio of live collections that spotlight rare and unreleased music from three of stellar British artists: Ten Years After, Robin Trower, and UFO.

Ten Years After's Recorded Live, Robin Trower's State to State: Live Across America 1974-1980, and UFO's Hot 'N' Live - The Chrysalis Live Anthology 1974-1983 will all be available as 2-CD sets on October 8 for a list price of $18.98 each.

Ten Years After achieved stardom in America thanks to its epic performance at Woodstock in 1969. Over the next five years, the blues-rock band would score eight Top 40 albums in its native England. The band's classic Recorded Live, originally released in 1973 as a double-LP, has been remastered and expanded with seven previously unreleased performances, including the band's version of Lightnin' Hopkins' "I Woke Up This Morning" recorded in Rotterdam.

Influential guitarist Robin Trower emerged in the late 1960s as a member of Procol Harum before going on to earn further acclaim as a bandleader. State to State: Live Across America 1974-1980 charts his rise to fame throughout the 1970s, from small clubs to major stadiums.

The collection features 24 previously unreleased live performances recorded in Philadelphia and California (1974), Illinois (1976), Oklahoma (1977) and Missouri (1980). Among the standout tracks are several songs from his gold-certified breakthrough Bridge of Sighs (1974), including "Too Rolling Stoned" and "Day of the Eagle."

UFO is not only one of the UK's most prolific rock bands, but its music has also influenced an entire generation of modern metal groups like Iron Maiden and Metallica. Hot 'N' Live - The Chrysalis Live Anthology 1974-1983 is a double-disc set packed with rare live tracks from these hard rock pioneers. It features eight previously unreleased performances recorded at the band's legendary 1980 Marquee shows, including the songs "Too Hot to Handle" and "Love to Love."

The first disc covers guitarist Michael Schenker's tenure with the group (1974-1978), while the second disc highlights the period with guitarist Paul "Tonka" Chapman (1980-1983). Hot 'N' Live - The Chrysalis Live Anthology 1974-1983 includes new liner notes based on a recent interview with bassist and founding member Pete Way.


here's the track listing for each of these releases.

Ten Years After's Recorded Live

Disc One - Original Record One
1. "One Of These Days"
2. "You Give Me Loving"
3. "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl"
4. "Hobbit"
5. "Help Me"
Bonus Tracks
6. "Time Is Flying"
7. "Standing At The Station"
8. "Jam"

Disc Two - Original Record Two
1. "Classical Thing"
2. "Scat Thing"
3. "I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes"
4. "Silly Thing"
5. "Slow Blues in C"
6. "I'm Going Home"
7. "Choo Choo Mama"
Bonus Tracks
8. "Help Me Babe"
9. "I Woke Up This Morning"
10. "Sweet Little Sixteen"
11. "Jam"

Robin Trower's State to State: Live Across America 1974-1980

Disc One
Philadelphia 1974
1. "Twice Removed From Yesterday"
2. "Bridge Of Sighs"
3. "Lady Love"
4. "Daydream"
5. "Too Rolling Stoned"
6. "I Can't Wait Much Longer"
7. "Day Of The Eagle"
8. "A Little Bit Of Sympathy"
California 1974
9. "Alethea"
10. "Rock Me Baby"

Disc Two
Illinois 1976
1. "Day Dream"
2. "Same Rain Falls"
3. "Sailing"
4. "Long Misty Days"
5. "I Can't Wait Much Longer"
6. "Too Rolling Stoned"
Oklahoma 1977
7. "Somebody Calling"
8. "Bluebird"
9. "Messin' With The Blues"
Missouri 1980
10. "The Ring"
11. "Jack And Jill"
12. "The Shout/Hannah"
13. "Victims Of The Fury"
14. "Mad House"

UFO's Hot 'N' Live - The Chrysalis Live Anthology 1974-1983

Disc One
1. "Oh My"
2. "Give Her the Gun"
3. "Prince Kujuku"
4. "Space Child"
5. "Mother Mary"
6. "Can You Roll Her"
7. "Highway Lady"
8. "I'm a Loser"
9. "Let It Roll"
10. "Lights Out"
11. "On With the Action"
12. "Doctor Doctor"
13. "Ain't No Baby"
14. "Rock Bottom"
15. "Pack It Up (And Go)"

Disc Two
1. "Chains Chains"*
2. "Lettin' Go"
3. "Long Gone"*
4. "Cherry"*
5. "Only You Can Rock Me"*
6. "No Place to Run"*
7. "Love to Love"*
8. "Makin' Moves"
9. "Too Hot to Handle"*
10. "Hot 'n' Ready"*
11. "Mystery Train"
12. "Lonely Heart"
13. "We Belong to the Night"
14. "When It's Time to Rock"
15. "Blinded By a Lie"
* Previously Unreleased

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

David Crosby May 'Piss Off' Government With New Album

David Crosby says he will probably 'piss off the government again' when he releases his next solo album.

'One of the songs ' Morning Falling ' is about a drone strike,' Crosby tweeted. He also announced that the name of the album will be Dangerous Night.

While "Morning Falling" will get political the Crosby, Stills & Nash legend said, "Most of the others are about life and love, but just as usual.strange and hopefully beautiful."

Crosby will finishing mixing the album with his son James and friend Dan Garcia.

It has been 20 years since Crosby last released an album under his own name. Thousand Roads, co-produced by Phil Collins and featuring the song 'Hero' with Collins, peaked at no. 133 on the US Billboard chart.

Crosby has released two other studio albums, 'If I Could Only Remember My Name' in 1971 and 'Oh Yes I Can' in 1989 as well as a catalog of albums with Crosby Stills & Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Crosby & Nash, CPR and the Byrds.

Dangerous Night will be released in January, 2014.